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Wi-Fi Alliance simplifies wireless naming system

By Shawn Knight · 7 replies
Oct 3, 2018
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  1. The Wi-Fi Alliance, the non-profit organization that promotes Wi-Fi technology, has introduced a new naming system that’ll make it easier for consumers to identify Wi-Fi generations.

    The new naming scheme is based on a numerical sequence that corresponds to major advancements in Wi-Fi. Devices that’ll support the upcoming 802.11ax standard will be labeled as Wi-Fi 6 compatible. Those that work with existing 802.11ac technology will be associated with Wi-Fi 5 and 802.11n compatible devices will get a Wi-Fi 4 designation.

    Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance, said that for nearly two decades, Wi-Fi users have had to sort through technical naming conventions to determine if their devices support the latest Wi-Fi standard. The new naming scheme will help industry and Wi-Fi users easily understand the Wi-Fi generation supported by their device or connection.

    Several major technology players including Netgear, MediaTek, Qualcomm, Intel, Marvell and Broadcom have publicly voiced support for Wi-Fi 6 and the introduction of more straightforward terminology. It's expected to be widely adopted by the Wi-Fi ecosystem.

    The Wi-Fi Alliance said Wi-Fi 6 certification is coming in 2019. The new standard will operate in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrums and is expected to achieve a 4x increase in user throughput thanks to improved efficiency.

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  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    XXX5 = 5.0 GHz 40 Hz Channel Auto + Auto 802.11n only
    XXX2 = 2.4 GHz 20 Hz Channel Auto + Auto 802.11n only

    This is the way I have my dual SSID setup. Main Router WiFi Dual 6- ant then I got another WiFi Dual 6- ant as AP for the dead area. Use WiFi Survey walk around to find out where that should go.

    XXX = name of my SSID
  3. Black Slasher

    Black Slasher TS Booster Posts: 30   +26

    Nice name you gave for your personal porn delivery network :D
  4. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 729   +472

    They messed up when they started to skip alphabets and went Roman with the naming scheme.
  5. VBKing

    VBKing TS Enthusiast Posts: 60   +28

    I use SSIDs of:

    Keeps neighbors from bothering with a network called Virus...
    1st number in the name is the floor the router is on.
    2nd number is for the 2.4 or 5 GHz connection.

    And it's about time they simplified the WiFi naming scheme.
    I hate when id/ots don't set up a system the right way from day one.
    Kinda like the college football playoff system. Should have been an 8 or 16 team playoff immediately when they set up the 2 team system. One day they'll get there, but we all have to suffer in the mean time.
  6. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    Jokes aside that's XXX is just example I never give out my SSID online.
  7. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    I know someone who calls their SSID - IGOTIVIRUS So it's pretty much the same reason your call your SSID that..

    But for SSID you don't keep the same name for entire WiFi Mesh/AP When set to auto the channel changes for each of the WiFi of the different AP you have.
  8. deemon

    deemon TS Addict Posts: 294   +89

    Frankly I don't give a flying f*** about higher speeds, if the area coverage and reinforced concrete wall (of which about 99.9% of buildings around here are built of) penetration remains as poor as it is now. I really don't feel like putting an AP in ever room.

    The current WIFI is good only in American shed type of buildings and in open air (and even there it fails during summer due to foliage) sadly.
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2018

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